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  • Voluntouring in Israel

    March 5, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Going on holiday can mean relaxing or sightseeing, tasting new foods or learning firsthand about new cultures. A growing segment of vacationers, however, goes abroad to work for free.

    Voluntourism — volunteering and tourism — has been cited as one of the fastest-growing sectors...

  • The Mensch List 2013

    January 2, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Last month, for our eighth-annual mensch list, we again invited all of you to submit your nominations of extraordinary volunteers, and again the outpouring of suggestions of amazing people was overwhelming. We faced this enormous response only to wonder, once again, how to choose...

  • Dorothy Gould, former Hadassah Beverly Hills president and volunteer, dies at 89

    February 27, 2013 | 6:52 am

    Dorothy Gould, a former Hadassah Beverly Hills chapter president and dedicated volunteer, died on Feb. 18. She was 89.

    Born in Chicago, Ill., in 1923, the youngest child of Max and Sarah Stein, Gould grew up in Ventura, where she attended Ventura College and worked as a legal...

  • A feast for Mollie Pier

    November 29, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    In 1989, Mollie Pier co-founded Project Chicken Soup (PCS), a nonprofit organization that makes and delivers free kosher food to Angelenos living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. Today, at 92, she still volunteers, spending eight hours a month in the kitchen and...

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  • Celebrating Sukkot, remembering Africa

    October 2, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    There’s a certain bittersweetness to the festival of Sukkot. On the one hand, it’s z’man simchateinu, the season of our rejoicing: In ancient Israel, it marked the end of the harvest season, the time when the storehouses were full of sustenance for the coming agricultural year, the...

  • Preserving volunteerism in Israel

    August 7, 2012 | 11:53 am

    “Ask Israelis who have never seen a kibbutz before in their lives and who know nothing about the movement,” remarks Aya Sagi, director of the Volunteer Department at the Kibbutz Movement Program Center. “They at least know about the volunteers and are nostalgic.” 

    Sagi’s...

  • Calif.‘s oldest female vet, 102, reaches out with compassion

    By Jane Ulman

    May 23, 2012 | 11:37 am

    This Memorial Day, World War II Veteran Bea Abrams Cohen will be attending ceremonies at Los Angeles National Cemetery, paying tribute to all the men and women who have died fighting while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. But for this 102-year-old resident of Los Angeles, who is...

  • Volunteers snap Guinness record for sandwiches for needy

    April 30, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    One hundred volunteers from the UJA-Federation of New York broke the Guinness World Record for most sandwiches made for the needy in one hour.

    A group of Long Island parents and children made 1,660 sandwiches on Sunday at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, breaking the mark of...

  • Remember Us project means they’ll never be forgotten

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 5, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    There was a moment while preparing for her bat mitzvah when Rebecca Hutman feared the occasion would not live up to its importance. She wasn’t settled at a shul, and the experience was feeling kind of rote. That’s when her mother, Samara Hutman, suggested Rebecca join the...

  • She’s found a world of volunteerism

    By Ryan Torok

    January 5, 2012 | 4:50 pm

    Izzie Levinson, 16, grew up in a family that is devoted to community service:  Her father, David Levinson, is the founder of Big Sunday, an extensive regional volunteer program that grew out of a Mitzvah Day project; her mother is a highly accomplished TV writer who left that work to...

  • Healing Hearts in Tel Aviv: How One California Woman Spent Her Post-Grad Months

    November 16, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    “Ashley, if you weren’t here with me today I would have spent the day in the shower, crying.” These words, uttered through tears of relief, have remained with me during the last two years.

    Four weeks after graduating from the University of Southern California, I was on an El...

  • Study: Young Jews volunteer, but don’t connect it to Judaism

    June 23, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Most young Jews do some kind of volunteer service, but few do it through Jewish agencies or connect it to Jewish values.

    Poverty, the environment, education and illiteracy are the areas that draw most young Jewish volunteers, with Israel-related work at the bottom of the list.

    ...
  • Federation adds service to Super Sunday

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 8, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is asking community members to give time and elbow grease in addition to what’s in their pockets.

    On Super Sunday, Feb. 13, the day traditionally set aside for a volunteer-staffed phone-a-thon to kick off Federation’s annual campaign,...

  • Holocaust archives volunteer arrested for document theft

    January 13, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    A volunteer at a private Holocaust archives in Texas was arrested for stealing documents and selling them online.

    Mansal Denton, 20, was a volunteer for a year-and-a-half at the Mazal Holocaust Library in San Antonio of the largest privately held Holocaust archives in the world, the...

  • Rahm Emanuel is a fighting policy wonk with a Jewish soul [VIDEO]

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 13, 2008 | 1:03 am

    Political insight, killer in a fight, Yiddishkayt -- it's an inseparable package when it comes to Rahm Emanuel, say those who know President-elect Barack Obama's pick to be the next White House chief of staff.

    Since his days as a fundraiser and then a "political adviser" -- read:...

  • An unexpected family in Netanya

    October 10, 2008 | 3:33 pm

    During the summer before my senior year in high school, I wanted to get involved in a meaningful program that would change my life and the lives of others. After researching my options, I decided to volunteer at Bet Elazraki, an extraordinary foster home for children in Netanya,...
  • Volunteers needed to search Lake Piru for missing father

    By The Web Guy

    August 26, 2008 | 6:56 pm

    Naftoli ben Anna rescued his daughter when she fell out of the family’s boat on Lake Piru but was unable himself to climb aboard.  Volunteers are combing the area for any sign of the mssing man.

    Yeshiva World News reports the following:

    A massive search is underway in Lake Piru,...

  • Collecting stamps

    By Dikla Kadosh

    June 17, 2008 | 11:29 am

    Jewish Journal super-intern, Jina Davidovich, writes about her extracurricular activities for The Calendar Girls:

    As a senior at Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Girls’ School, my obligations extend beyond surviving anxiety attacks that come with opening college decision letters,...

  • Project Chicken Soup brings comfort by the bowl

    By Rachel Heller

    June 5, 2008 | 2:36 pm

    The food is superb! You can taste the love and care.

    I want to thank you for providing me with a beacon for my faith in good people.

    I do so love the joy, peace and happiness your organization brings to my life. Thank you.

    The notes are short, direct and never signed. They come from...

  • The living dream

    By Robert David Jaffee

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Artillery rounds launch from Nahal Sorek, an Israeli army base southwest of Jerusalem. The shells land with a series of distant, muted thuds. The artillery brigade, Amud Haesh, named for the torch of fire that carried Moses and the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years, is...
  • Briefs: DREAM Act passage pushed, City clears Holocaust Museum hurdle, but one more remains

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    DREAM Act Passage Pushed

    The American Jewish Committee (AJC) joined last week in a mock graduation to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which would enable the estimated 50,000 undocumented students who graduate high school each year to enter college and earn citizenship.

    "Abraham...

  • Club Kung Fu teaches special kids lots more than skill

    By Nathan Sobol

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was Monday, Jan. 8, the day of the college football national championship game, which I was eager to watch, since it was my favorite sport. But the game also fell on the day of the opening of Club Kung Fu at The Friendship Circle. I was a volunteer in the program.

    What should I...

  • From the San Diego fires—a burning question

    By Jessica Levine Kupferberg

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    What would you do if you had 10 minutes to get out of your home, not knowing whether it will still be there tomorrow? What would you take? What would you leave? What is truly indispensable?

    These are the questions that too many of my fellow San Diegans have faced in the last few...

  • Shelter shock uncovers strong personal foundation

    By Jeremy Gumerove

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Brian had just finished lunch when he popped the question: "Do we get dinner too?" He was almost holding his breath. I smiled, nodded and watched his eyes widen in elated disbelief. Lunch and dinner! I felt both shocked and sheltered by his question. I had never met anyone who...
  • A shelter of surprises changed everything

    By Ariel Cohen

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I first arrived at the homeless shelter, I was scared. I didn't know what to expect, and I had to admit to myself that I had never really been out of my element. But I was open to the new experience -- and completely unaware of how the day would turn out.

    I was visiting the...
  • Big Sunday: One temple’s ‘Mitzvah Day’ goes city-wide and inclusive

    By Jane Ulman

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's dream:

    On one weekend a year -- known as Big Sunday -- 50,000 volunteers of all colors and creeds from neighborhoods throughout the region, all donning T- shirts preprinted with the Big Sunday logo, will fan out throughout Los Angeles and as...
  • Students translate charity lessons into action

    By Lisa Armony

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For most kids, time off from school means hitting the beaches or other fun-filled attraction. For 17-year-old Neta Batscha, spring break sent her to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    Under the auspices of Milken Community High School's...

  • Yehoram Uziel: A Lifeline to Mexico

    By Amy Klein

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Yehoram Uziel
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Yehoram Uziel, 56, began volunteering right after he finished serving in the Israeli army as a tank corps officer. First he...

  • Rebecca Levinson: Born to Be a Volunteer

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rebecca Levinson
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Rebecca Levinson grew up always doing things for the community.

    "This is what you do," the 17-year-old junior at North...

  • Eve Marcus: Soul of the Food Pantry

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eve Marcus
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Eve Marcus asks that people not call her on Saturday. Mostly they comply. Otherwise, as volunteer director of the North...

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